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Fundamentals of using routinely collected healthcare data in research 28 June 2021

NHS Digital was pleased to be part of a collaborative event for researchers providing data insights and advice. This event was aimed at researchers who want to understand more about the fundamentals of using routinely collected healthcare data for research. 

Hosted by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research Design Service, this event is the fourth in a series of Roadshows aiming to provide more insight into the fundamentals using healthcare data for research.  The event contained sessions from Health Data Research UK (HDR UK), Medical Research Council (MRC) Regulatory Support Centre, the University of Leeds and NHS Digital.  It covered topics including:

  • potential and considerations of using routinely collected healthcare data in research
  • fundamentals of research approvals
  • discovering what healthcare data available – HDR UK’s Gateway
  • healthcare data which can be accessed from NHS Digital
  • deeper dive into Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), one of the most frequently requested NHS Digital datasets

Sessions at the event were recorded - you can view each of them below. More events are being planned for 2021. To express an interest in attending please email [email protected].

Using routinely collected healthcare data in research

Presentation by Jenny Hewison and Chris Smith, University of Leeds.



Fundamentals of research approvals

Presentation by Alex Bailey. MRC. 


Finding out what data is available - HDR UK’s Gateway

Presentation by Paola Quattroni and Alison Elderfield, HDR UK. 


Data sets in NHS Digital

Presentation by Joanna Geisler, NHS Digital.


Considerations when using HES data

Presentation by Dominic Gair, NHS Digital.


Last edited: 14 January 2022 4:37 pm